Oh to feel energetic again! Experience Drums by day and cashier by night! Boy was I tired and hardly personable these days. This is why it surprised me when an employee on my night shift handed me a birthday party invitation. Since it had been a year since I had a night out, I decided to prepare myself for some much needed fun. On my way to this party, my stomach turned as I pulled up to the. house. I wondered if I looked OK and if I would fit in. If anything, I would pass as a parent hired to chaperone all of the kids. I stood outside the house, and was reluctant to go inside. I could hear the mix of percussion from the back yard, and after what seemed like a lifetime, I finally made my grand entrance. All of these young people were dancing and singing to the songs blaring through the house. I made my way to a quiet corner of the yard and just watched the party mix enjoying themselves. Although I started to feel better, I was not comfortable with the age gap. As I contemplated leaving before anyone noticed me, a young man and a much older woman swept by me to join the dancers in the yard. The woman was much older than him, and I figured that she might have been another parent trying to blend into the crowd. As I watched some of their crazy acrobatics, my self- consciousness turned to jealousy. How could she feel so sure of herself? Was the music hypnotizing everyone getting lost in all the fun? As I watched the dancing couple, I started to bounce to the music in my secluded spot. I felt the percussion through my body and I slowly started to forget about my age. Some of the guests started to acknowledge me. Suddenly I wasn’t invisible anymore, but I still did not leave my corner. After about two hours, I decided it was time to go home. I had a busy day ahead of me, and as I bounced my way to the front door, something strange happened. That same couple grabbed my arm, and led me right back into the back yard. We started to dance together, moving to the music and laughing like we were 20 years younger. I finally felt a part of things with lots of energy and a lust for life. Three hours later, I finally left and was not sorry I went. This party was just another example of how you’re never too old to dance, play music and have fun. Music, youth and energy are ageless!